Couple arrested squatting, growing pot in Clayton County house

Channel 2's Robert Ray spoke to detectives about the couple who lived in the house for years before their arrest.

A Clayton County homeowner returned from a 15-month trip to find a woman and her husband living there illegally, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Jacqueline Dennis, a former Atlanta Public School teacher, and Dexter Dennis were arrested at the Shoreline Drive residence shortly after the homeowner returned.

Det. Nicholas Deaton told Channel 2 the homeowner left in December 2014 to do contract work in Haiti.

“Upon returning in April of this year, he found somebody living in his home,” Deaton said.

The bank said someone forged a deed document to the property as well.

When the homeowner let police into the house, they found marijuana plants growing, more stored in jars and additional fraudulent documents.

Jacqueline Dennis is charged with forgery, ID fraud, burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violation of local drug laws.

Her husband is charged with marijuana manufacturing with the intent to distribute.